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Boxman Tour

So I recently had the fortune of getting to tour what might be one of the biggest shipping container building companies in the US.  Which happens to be right here in Charlotte.  While they happened to be local, they have been developing container buildings all over the place.   A lot of what they do is pop up trade show booths, but I was clued into some neat full building projects on the horizon.  Here are some photos from my tour, check them out here

RTM_7844Above and below are two of their neat fold out booths that can be used for parties, events etc.

RTM_7848Below is a few sections of an office that is being built.  You can see how they reinforce the insides so that they can stack them.  This is just part of the office.

RTM_7852Their outdoor lounge.

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xcvcxAbove and below are some of the larger corporate displays they’ve done.  These where for google and shows different ways you can use the containers.

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The Next Suez Canal

Global warming has long since been a buzz word.  With people crying at the top of their lungs on both sides of the debate: Is Global Warming real?  There are those that say it exists but its not manmade, other say it’s our own fault.  Regardless of your position, things are changing in our world as the temperature rises. new suez One major change is the polar ice caps are melting.  This has brought about an interesting consequence that could have a huge impact on our lives.   The ice has melted so much that it has opened up a passage way that a few freighters from the company Beluga have started shipping though!

This part of the Arctic was once thought to be impassible even by smaller boats because where ships are sail through now used to be miles of solid ice 100’s of feet thick.  All boats from Japan to Rotterdam, the largest port in all of Europe and the 6th largest metropolitan area in Europe, once had to around China, India, through the Suez canal to get there.

The trip took about 13,000 miles to get from Japan to Rotterdam, with this new route, it will take about 8,400 miles!  It will be interesting to see if this also bring up any national security issues for Russia or the EU.  This canal, while is a few years off from stealing the Suez’s business, is simply the largest leap in shipping in a very very long time.

What is more, is that by 2015, they expect this passage’s ice to have all but disappeared.  Hundreds of miles of thick ice will have melted by then, allowing ships to pass easily.   The question is: where does all that water go?  Read here about how 20 million people have already been displaced by rising seas in China.

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